New Age for UNCP Poets
By Andrea Vukcevic
the first time, students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
crafted and published their own collection of poetry. The 52-page volume,
named The Aurochs, features topics from the joys of motherhood
is available through Ms. Sara Oswald or Dr. Karen Helgeson in the English
The book includes
42 poems by 22 UNCP students, some who graduated last spring. Matt Manahan
included three of his poems in the collection.
"It was a way
to share poetry with the students on campus," he said. The project
started when Manahan and seven students in a creative writing class
posted their poems to a website.
Editors Andy Stamper
and Steven Byrd chose pieces from the site for The Aurochs, then
collected other submissions from interested poets on campus.
is named after an ancestor of modern-day cows. The title is symbolic
because "both the word and the beast have helped make society what
it is today," said Byrd, co-editor and a May graduate with a degree
Sara Oswald, an
English instructor and layout designer for The Aurochs, said,
"Students wanted to have a magazine they could collect and publish
their poems in."
was printed in early May, but knowledge of the poetry collection did
not circulate because the release date was right before spring-semester
Plans are in the
works for a second edition to be published in the spring of 2002.
is not the only publication of the English Department although it is
the only completely student produced publication. Professors annually
compile a collection of the best student essays in a publication entitled,
Revisions, but never has such a publication been made available for
is a third-year journalism student at UNCP.
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